USPS is now sending out advertisements directing people to go to Staples

See: Stop Staples! | APWU The APWU is fighting to stop a shady deal between the USPS and Staples, which jeopardizes mail service and local post offices – along with thousands of living-wage jobs.

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Report: Tucson would lose $49M in postal consolidation

By Yoohyun Jung – December 6, 2014 Tucson would lose $49 million in economic activity as a result of its mail processing facility’s consolidation to Phoenix, an analysis report shows. The U.S. Postal Service Tucson processing and distribution center on Cherrybell Stravenue is one of 82 mail processing and distribution centers in the country facing consolidation…

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When an Employee Falls Off a Ladder at Work, is His Absence Covered by FMLA? An Employer’s Misstep Discussed…

By Jeff Nowak on December 4, 2014 Note to self: When one of my employees: falls off a ladder at work, is taken to urgent care by the company’s HR Director, asks whether the FMLA would apply to his absence, then, as a result of his doctor’s orders, takes a multi-week absence after the fall…

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APWU: New Organizing Materials Available

Web News Article #: 224-2014 12/05/2014 – New organizing materials are now available, Organization Department Director Anna Smith has announced. “Members do not have to dispose of the existing materials. They can start using the new organizing materials when needed,” she says. New materials include a Welcome Book, PSE Brochure, and 1187s. The changes that…

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APWU Obtains Extension for the Electronic Grievance System

Web News Article #: 225-2014 12/05/2014 – After several months of negotiating with the USPS, the APWU was successful in obtaining a five-year extension for the Electronic Grievance System (EGS). Although the USPS and APWU have agreed to meet every five years to review the program’s results and make necessary modifications, the program is now…

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USPS: Flags at half-staff Dec. 7

In a proclamation issued Dec. 5, President Obama ordered U.S. flags to be flown at half-staff Sunday, Dec. 7, “in honor of those American patriots who died as a result of their service at Pearl Harbor.” Postal facilities scheduled to be open Sunday are required to fly the flag at half-staff. Managers at facilities that…

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USPS OIG: Management Advisory – City Carrier Management and Compensation

Audit Report – HR-MA-15-001 – 12/02/2014 Background In fiscal year (FY) 2013, the U.S. Postal Service paid $21.7 billion in carrier compensation — $15.5 billion for city carriers and $6.2 billion for rural carriers. Carriers represent about 48 percent of 491,000 career postal employees and are the largest personnel expense for the Postal Service. Compensation…

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